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If you have Fedora 3, follow these steps,


If you have Fedora 4, follow these steps,


If you have Fedora 5, follow these steps,


If you have CentOS, follow the “additional third party CentOS repos”


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#Now check that it works

service openvpn start
service openvpn stop

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find / -name "easy-rsa"

#you should get an output like this…


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Change the line

export KEY_DIR=$D/keys

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export KEY_ORG="My Org"
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. ./vars


# just hit enter to the defaults apart from Common Name, this must be unique
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# remember that common name must be unique e.g. use mydomain-client1
# and YES you want to sign the keys

./build-key client2
# do this step for as many clients as you need.


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# servers

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touch ipp.txt
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cd /etc/init.d/
edit the openvpn file

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iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s -j SNAT --to
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s -j SNAT --to
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s -j SNAT --to
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s -j SNAT --to
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s -j SNAT --to
iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s -j SNAT --to
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#test it

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## WARNING ## Use a secure way of transferring these files off the server, something like WinSCP.


Put these files in this directory C:Program FilesOpenVPNconfig

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PHP Code:

clientdev tunproto tcp#Change to your public domain or IP addressremote 1194resolv-retry infinitenobindpersist-keypersist-tunca ca.crtcert client1.crtkey client1.keyns-cert-type server#DNS Options here, CHANGE THESE !!push "dhcp-option DNS"push "dhcp-option DNS"comp-lzoverb 3 

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